The WWII T-6 Warbird "Checkers" arrives at the Darke County Airport Fly-In. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Darke County Airport Fly-In showcases County

DARKE COUNTY – The Darke County Airport was host to the 2021 Darke County Airport Fly-In showcasing one of Darke County’s gems.

“This event is a great opportunity to showcase our airport and all that we have done to it,” said Darke County Commissioner, Michael Stegall. “This is a chance for people to see how much progress we are making here. We are real proud of the airport and this great event.”

“Scott Nass, our airport manage has done a fantastic job,” Stegall added. “We have our hangers just about all full, we still have one or two that are open and we have people that are looking and people flying in from all over.”

“There are a lot of families out here today,” said DC Commissioner, Larry Holmes. “It is really nice to see people come out for the event.”

Kestrel Warbirds Experience LLC was on hand to give rides to aviation enthusiast in Checkers, a WWII T-6 airplane.

Known as the Pilot Maker, the T-6 Texan (AT6, Harvard, SNJ) was the backbone for advanced pilot training for WWII and beyond for the U.S. and allied forces.

The T-6 was produced in 1952 and has a Pratt and Whitney 9-cylindar radial engine with 600 horsepower and carries 110 gallons of fuel. Carrying a crew of two, it was equipped with two .30 caliber machine guns during its military days, located in the nose and wing.

The T-6 is one of the most popular warbirds with a history that is second to none.

Premier Health’s CareFlight Air & Mobile helicopter was also on hand for visitors to meet the crew and view the Miami Valley Hospital helicopter located at the Darke County Airport.

The Darke County Airport is quickly becoming as a known location for cross country aviators to land and purchase fuel.

“Our fuel price is great so people stop in and buy fuel,” said Stegall. “We have sold more fuel in eight months than we did all of last year, so it has been a great addition to Darke County both economically and to showcase us for people flying in just to visit.”

The T-6 Warbird taxies at the Darke County Airport Fly-In. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Visitors to the Darke County Airport Fly-in view Premier Health's CareFlight Air & Mobile helicopter. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Airplanes line up for visitors to the Darke County Airport Fly-In to get a closeup view. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
2021 Darke County Airport Fly-in. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
A guest at the Darke County Airport Fly-In gets ready to takeoff for flight. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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